Mentoring Group

The BASHH / BHIVA Mentoring Scheme

The GMC defines a mentor as ‘someone who will provide you with guidance and confidential support, which can be wide-ranging, covering not just clinical work but also professional relationships and career plans’. Doctors already have established frameworks and for assessment, appraisal and revalidation but the emphasis in mentoring is to provide an opportunity for the mentee to reflect and develop their own career aspirations and priorities. The benefits of mentoring in medicine are increasingly recognised and mentoring is now supported by many organisations including the GMC, the Royal College of Physicians and the BMA.

BASHH introduced a mentoring scheme in 2009 with the aim of supporting new consultants during their transition from trainee to consultant. We have received very positive feedback from newly appointed consultants about the benefits of the scheme. Since this time the scheme has expanded to merge with BHIVA to include doctors working mainly in HIV medicine and to include SAS doctors. We now offer mentoring to the following doctors:

  • Specialty trainees within 6 months of their CCT
  • New consultants (within 18 months of their first post)
  • Consultants returning to work after a significant career break
  • Established consultants who are undergoing a period of change (for example, as a result of tendering of services) who believe they may benefit from having a mentor
  • SAS doctors at any stage of their career; this includes co-mentoring


Our mentors are experienced consultants and SAS doctors who have had specific training. The mentoring period offered is 18 months.

If you think you would benefit from having a mentor, please contact your regional mentoring representative (Specialty trainees and consultants) or the SAS representative (SAS doctors) as listed at the bottom of this page. We ask you to complete the short mentee application form, accessed via the link below before you are considered onto the scheme.


Would you like to become a mentor?

We are always looking for new mentors to join our scheme. To be a BASHH / BHIVA mentor you must have worked at your current grade (SAS or consultant) for 5 years and have undergone training in mentoring. You need to be empathic and willing to give your time to support and guide a colleague who may benefit from your experience. We ask that you adhere to our Ethical Code of Practice and our Confidentiality Policy.

We run a one-day mentor training course each year which provide the training you need, or you can attend other suitable training e.g. through a deanery or your own hospital. The next training course is planned for the end of 2017 and will be advertised widely in advance through BASHH BHIVA and FSRH.

If you are a Consultant or SAS doctor who would like to become a mentor on our mentoring scheme, please complete the self-nomination form below and send it to Dr Emma Fox at


Mentoring Skills Training Course 2017

Date: December 2018, TBC

The BASHH / BHIVA Mentoring Group run an annual one-day workshop in central London. The workshop aims to equip consultants and SAS doctors working in sexual health / reproductive health / HIV with the knowledge and skills to take on a mentoring role to other doctors. It would also be a useful update for doctors already in mentoring roles who wish to refresh their mentoring knowledge and skills.

During the workshop there are opportunities to explore the roles of both mentors and mentees and to discuss ideas and models that can be put into immediate practice.

Please watch this space for further information or contact Dr Emma Fox at



Support and Supervision for our Mentors

Following initial training, we offer on-going support for our mentors through the regional mentoring representatives and through supervision sessions. These sessions have been running in London since 2014 with very good feedback from attendees. They offer mentors a confidential but informal space to support one another in the subtle art of mentoring. You don’t need to have a mentee or a problem to benefit from the discussions and all levels of experiences are welcome. All sessions are facilitated by a consultant psychiatrist and are free of charge. It is expected that BHIVA/BASHH mentors will attend at least 1 session over a 3 year period, as part of their on-going development as mentors.

The dates so far for 2018 are as follows:

Friday 18th May from 10:30 to 12:30 (Facilitated by Dr Sebastian Kraemer, Honorary Consultant, Tavistock Clinic).

To register, please contact Luciana Rubinstein at - Venue to be confirmed


Please click here for Mentoring Introduction Document

Please click here for our Mentoring Confidentiality Policy

Please click here for Mentee Application Form

Please click here for the Mentor Application Form

Please click here for our Suggested Checklist for First Mentoring Meeting

Please click here for our Ethical Code of Practice for Mentoring


Other Useful Links:

Link to BHIVA website

BASHH Mentoring Group Poster 2012


Future Plans

We are looking at developing a mentoring module for the GUM curriculum.

We are currently liaising with the FSRH over expanding the mentoring scheme to include consultants in Community SRH


BASHH / BHIVA Mentor Committee Members and Regional Representatives:

Please contact your regional representative according to the LETB/deanery that you work in (specialty trainees and consultants) or our SAS representative (SAS doctors) if you would like to be mentored or if you would like to become a mentor, or if you would like further information about the scheme:

Adrian Palfreeman (Chair, BHIVA)
Health Education North East, Health Education North West and Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber

Emma Fox (co-Chair, BASHH)
Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Luciana Rubinstein (BHIVA)
North Thames
Health Education North Central and East London, and Health Education

Jessica Daniel (BASHH)
Health Education Thames Valley, Health Education Wessex and Health Education South West

Imali Fernando
NHS Education for Scotland, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (and Ireland)

Jyoti Dhar (BASHH)
Health Education East Midlands, Health Education West Midlands and Health Education East of England, North West Yorkshire and Trent

Humphrey Birley
Wales Deanery

Michael Rayment
New consultant representative

Lorna Sands
SAS Representative

Tracey Masters

Sophie Flavell
Trainee Representative